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Posted July 18, 2013
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*my rating is 4.5 stars*
DiBona proves loves conquers all, even time, in "The Ring." Jessica Madison lives in the present as a successful doctor. She has it all, prestige, money, and a skillful reputation. Alexander Elliot lives 100 years in the past. He's also a successful doctor. Can he find happiness after his fiancée shattered his ideas of love?
The novel opens with Jessica inheriting a ruby ring from her guardian, Jacob. This ring is different. It allows the wearer to travel through time. When Jessica discovers its properties, she's skeptical, but a trip to the past changes her mind. There she meets Dr. Alexander Elliot and the sparks fly. Alexander and Jessica have a hard time fighting their attraction, but they must, since they fear time will keep them apart – time or perhaps stubborn pride. Can they overcome the obstacles the ring presents?
DiBona's writing style is very fluid, immediately drawing the reader into Jessica's world. The pacing is just right, slowing down to allow the reader to catch their breath before accelerating again.
The best part of the story was the characters. DiBona presents a strong heroine who has a big heart. Her hero embodies noble bearing. In fact, it may be his stubborn pride and not time that proves his downfall. The supporting cast is a gem and each of them – Mary, Bobbi, and Aunt Abigail shine.
There were minor punctuation and grammatical errors throughout which I felt a stronger edit might have caught, but it did not take away from my enjoyment of the story.
The novel is mainstream for romance readers with several sensual love scenes. "The Ring" is a story that will have you turning the pages to see what happens next. I highly recommend it.